With so many skincare options available, it is important to select the right products for your specific needs. To help you decide on the most effective regimen for your skin, learn more about microdermabrasion, the PMD device, and the treatment results below. Dr. Mark Taylor, President, Gateway Aesthetic Institute is a minority investor in PMD Personal Microderm.
Microdermabrasion is a noninvasive form of exfoliation and mild skin resurfacing that removes the dead skin cells from the Stratum Corneum, the outer most layer of the skin. The Stratum Corneum is the layer of the skin affected by fine lines, wrinkles, tone, texture and blemishes. The concentrated microdermabrasion treatment exfoliates this skin layer to break apart these common imperfections. This then triggers the body’s healing mechanisms, causing the removed dead skin cells to be rapidly replaced with healthy, new ones.
Microdermabrasion provides several important benefits for the skin. The treatment smoothes away dull and rough skin texture, and it softens the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and blemishes. The treatment also improves the skin’s tone by fading the appearance of brown spots, and skin blemishes. In addition, microdermabrasion, which combines the power of a vacuum suction with exfoliation, reduces the formation of blemishes. The vacuum achieves this by clearing out clogged pores and releasing trapped dirt and oil. This leaves skin more clear, vibrant, and beautiful.
The benefits of microdermabrasion cause skin to become rejuvenated, while stimulating the skin and facilitating cell renewal. Also, since the dead skin cells on the Stratum Corneum act as a barrier for the skin, once they are removed through microdermabrasion, skin care products will be more fully absorbed into the skin, maximizing their effectiveness. All these microdermabrasion benefits combine to uncover youthful and radiant skin.
The PMD Personal Microderm is an at-home microdermabrasion device that uses Aluminum Oxide Crystals and a vacuum suction to smooth away dead skin cells and literally uncover younger skin. When used just once a week, the PMD will minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots, tone, texture and blemishes for a vibrant, youthful complexion.
The PMD Personal Microderm achieves amazing results similar to a professional treatment, but without the hassle or cost. From home, get professional skin-resurfacing results without repeatedly paying for high prices treatments.
A Study Conducted by Dr. Mark Taylor, One of the Top-Five Laser Surgeons in the World
The PMD Personal Microderm is a new at-home microdermabrasion device that provides great skin resurfacing results. To compare these results of the PMD device with “standard” in-clinic microdermabrasion treatments, I tested the PMD on seven patients from the client base at the Gateway Aesthetic Institute and Laser Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. From their homes, each of the patients conducted fifteen treatments on themselves.
Clinical examinations, in combination with “before-and-after” patient photos, verified that an improved skin appearance, which is equal to our in-clinic results, was achieved with the PMD device.
It is critical to read all directions, watch the instructional video, and protect the skin from excessive sun exposure prior to and proceeding each treatment.
The PMD Personal Microderm is an amazing new home beauty tool. Try it. I believe it will become an important part of your skin youth and beauty maintenance program.
Mark B. Taylor, MD
Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells, dirt, and oil from the surface of the skin, which either occurs naturally or is stimulated through the use of products. Since the skin’s natural exfoliating ability weakens with age, products are often needed to provide results. The two types of product-based exfoliation are:
- Chemical Exfoliants: facial peels, lotions, gels, and creams. These types of products use acids or enzymes to loosen and dissolve the glue-like substances holding the skin’s cells together.
- Manual (Mechanical) Exfoliants: masks, scrubs, salts, abrasive pads, and microdermabrasion. These products use friction from physical contact to rid the skin of dead cells and unclog pores.
The most effective exfoliation technique is microdermabrasion. Microdermabrasion leaves the skin more smooth, bright, and firm, while reducing visible damage and imperfection. The PMD Personal Microderm has three levels of exfoliation to accommodate different skin types and needs. The blue discs, which are used on sensitive skin, are the lowest level of exfoliation. The green discs provide mid-level exfoliation. The strongest level of exfoliation is delivered by the red disc. The higher level exfoliating discs should only be used on coarse or resilient skin. It is always better to begin with very mild treatments and gradually increase the exfoliation level over time, if necessary.
A: Microdermabrasion is a procedure that uses suction and exfoliation to remove the outermost layer of dead skin. By removing this top layer, fresh, younger looking skin is produced in its place.
A: The PMD is an at-home tool that brings you the same results as professional microdermabrasion treatments. The PMD’s exfoliation and vacuum suction uncover younger skin through:
--A rotating disc embedded with aluminum oxide crystals gently removes the top layer of dull, dead skin, referred to as the Stratum Corneum. These dead skin cells act as a barrier on the skin, and once they are removed, skincare products will be fully absorbed into the skin, resulting in maximum benefits.
--The tool’s vacuum suction helps stimulate, activate, and rejuvenate the skin. This suction also triggers the body’s production of collagen and elastin and it increases the skin’s cell renewal. An increased cell renewal is important because it generates new, healthy skin cells that are brighter, softer, and smoother.
A: The PMD is recommended for any individual looking for smoother, softer and brighter skin. The PMD is an excellent tool for improving the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots, hyperpigmentation, blemishes, pores size, and uneven skin tone and texture.
A: Many individuals notice softer and brighter skin after just one use. A reduced appearance of fine line and wrinkles, age spots, hyperpigmentation, and scarring will commonly take between six and ten weeks to notice.
A: Step 1:Cleanse the skin, and allow it to dry completely. We recommend using the PMD Advanced Soothing Cleanser.
Step 2: Use the PMD tool. Remember to watch the instructional video and carefully follow all directions.
Step 3: Apply a toner. We recommend using the PMD Neuro Neutralizing Toner.
Step 4: Apply a moisturizer daily. We recommend using the PMD Professional Recovery Moisturizer.
A: The Clarisonic is a mechanical brush used to deep clean the skin on a daily basis. The Clarisonic gives results similar to that of a cleansing scrub. The PMD is a once a week microdermabrasion treatment that exfoliates and removes the top layer of dead skin. They perform very different functions. If you like the Clarisonic you will love the PMD. Incorporate them both into your skincare regime for best results.
A: Each disc is hand dipped in Aluminum Oxide crystals. Aluminum Oxide is the same material that is used for microdermabrasion in many doctor’s offices. It is completely safe, innocuous, and non-toxic. It does not cause adverse skin reactions and is not carcinogenic. Because of this, Aluminum Oxide crystals are ideal for microdermabrasion and are the most popular choice of professionals.
(I.e. move from the white disc to the grey discs, from the blue disc to the green discs, or from the green to the red?"])
A: Everyone’s skin is different. Some sensitive skin types may never need to increase their exfoliation level by moving to a different disc color; others with more coarse skin will need to change to a higher disc level to see good results. Ultimately, the disc color used depends on your treatment goals. If you want a more abrasive treatment and if your skin has adjusted to the PMD, try a higher disc level. However, we recommend everyone begins their first treatment by using the white trainer disc. If your skin responds well, that is a good indication that you should next move on to the grey disc, and then later to the blue.
After at least several weeks using the blue discs with no negative effects, you may want to gradually begin incorporating the green discs into your treatments. After several more weeks, coarse skin types may carefully begin using red discs, which are extremely abrasive. But always remember to gradually and carefully change disc colors; if you are too aggressive with your exfoliation, you may create red marks or scabbing.
A: For a typical procedure lasting approximately five to ten minutes, each disc should last three to four treatments. The size of the area being treated and the length of each treatment will ultimately determine how long a disc can be used.
A: No. Only treat the skin on the perimeter of the eye socket. You will still see great results even though you do not directly treat the skin below the brow bone or above the eye bone. See our “Before and After” page for examples of results.
A: No. The PMD tool is just designed to exfoliate your skin, and it will not remove hair.
A: No pressure is necessary. Instead, just lightly glide the tool over your skin.
A: When too much pressure is applied, the PMD may exfoliate beyond the dead skin-cell layer. The suction of the PMD device allows for the perfect amount of skin to be removed. If too much pressure is used, the result may result in red marks and scabbing. We do not recommend this.
A: No. The PMD should only be used once every 7 days. Because the top layer of skin has been removed, you need a full week of rejuvenation before the tool is used again. Be patient.
A: Yes, continue with your daily skincare regime. For best results, we recommend using our Daily Cell Regeneration System (cleanser, toner, and moisturizer) both morning and night.
A: If your PMD does not have suction, twist the cap tight against the black O-ring to make sure it is completely sealed. No suction will occur if the cap is not screwed tightly against the O-ring. Also, make sure that the disc is sitting slightly below the cap; if the disc is too high, this will prevent the suction from occurring. If you have further questions regarding the assembly of the and proper use of the device, refer to the PMD training video (link).
A: Not everyone will see the dead skin residue, as shown on our demo videos, after using the PMD. This does not mean that the PMD is not working, however. The amount of residue you see following your treatment is based on your skin type and the climate you live in; more oily skin types and those living in humid climates may not see any dead skin residue. The PMD is still working—so long as you make sure the disc is positioned high enough in your device for contact with the skin to occur.
A: These results are uncommon; but if they occur, generously apply moisturizer to the affected area, and stop using the device for 10 days. These are superficial blemishes and will heal within one to five days.
There are several reason this may have occurred:
--Too much pressure
--Using the wrong disc color for your skin type
--Go over the same area multiple times
--Using retinal, alpha and beta hydroxy acid, retin A, and acids etc.
--Allowing the PMD to hover in one spot too long, rather than continually moving the tool.
--Not pulling skin tight during the treatment
--The disc isn’t sitting below the cap
--Going over an area to slow
--Using the wrong size of disc on the face
A: Anyone using chemical peels or products that contain hydroxyl acids, retinoids, or retin A, or any similar ingredients, must not use the PMD at the same time! Before it is safe to use the PMD, you must discontinue use of these products for at least a full seven days. If you have rosacea, open acne or sores, or skin cancer, the PMD is not recommended. Consult your doctor or dermatologist if you are unsure that the PMD is suitable for your skin.
A: Personalmicroderm.com offers a 30-day satisfaction guarantee and a six-month warranty on the PMD device.